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Public Health Practice Course Using Google Plus

WU, TING-TING PhD; SUNG, TIEN-WEN MS

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: March 2014 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 144–152
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000040
Feature Article

In recent years, mobile device–assisted clinical education has become popular among nursing school students. The introduction of mobile devices saves manpower and reduces errors while enhancing nursing students’ professional knowledge and skills. To respond to the demands of various learning strategies and to maintain existing systems of education, the concept of Cloud Learning is gradually being introduced to instructional environments. Cloud computing facilitates learning that is personalized, diverse, and virtual. This study involved assessing the advantages of mobile devices and Cloud Learning in a public health practice course, in which Google+ was used as the learning platform, integrating various application tools. Users could save and access data by using any wireless Internet device. The platform was student centered and based on resource sharing and collaborative learning. With the assistance of highly flexible and convenient technology, certain obstacles in traditional practice training can be resolved. Our findings showed that the students who adopted Google+ were learned more effectively compared with those who were limited to traditional learning systems. Most students and the nurse educator expressed a positive attitude toward and were satisfied with the innovative learning method.

Author Affiliations: Department of Information Management, Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan City, Taiwan (Dr Wu); and Department of Network Multimedia Design, Hsing Kuo University, Tainan City, Taiwan (Mr Sung).

This work was supported in part by the National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan, ROC, under Grant NSC 102-2511-S-041-002.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Ting-Ting Wu, PhD, Department of Information Management, Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, No. 60, Sec 1, Erren Rd, Rende Dist, Tainan City 71710, Taiwan ( wutt0331@mail.chna.edu.tw).

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